What is a good quality sapphire?

The best color for a natural blue sapphire is an intense, velvety, deep royal blue. This color of sapphire would be considered AAA quality, the rarest and most valuable. The second best color is a medium rich blue, or AA quality. Any blue sapphires that have a slight gray undertone fit into the A category.

How can you tell a good quality sapphire?

You want to look for a sapphire that has no inclusions visible to the naked eye. experts look at the size, location and number of inclusions to judge clarity. The less visible the inclusions are, the higher the grade. Cut: The cut is essentially what makes a sapphire really sparkle.

How many carats is a good sapphire?

Sapphire Carat Weight and Size

Our standard size for a round sapphire is 6 mm, which is approximately one carat.

What color sapphire is most valuable?

Blue Sapphires

Color has the greatest influence on a sapphire’s value, and preferred sapphires have strong to vivid color saturation. The most valued blue sapphires are velvety blue to violetish blue, in medium to medium-dark tones. Sapphires with these qualities command the highest prices per carat.

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What is AAA grade sapphire?

Natural AAA

These are the top 20%-30% of natural sapphires available. They have a medium blue color and are moderately to slightly included. They are typically used in fine jewelry by leading independent/family jewelers.

Which blue sapphire is the best?

The best color for a natural blue sapphire is an intense, velvety, deep royal blue. This color of sapphire would be considered AAA quality, the rarest and most valuable. The second best color is a medium rich blue, or AA quality. Any blue sapphires that have a slight gray undertone fit into the A category.

Is Ceylon sapphire good?

Sri Lanka (formally called “Ceylon”) is still the top producer of fine untreated stones in the world. Most of the sapphires that are found in gem producing locations are worthless; and need to be treated to be marketable. Good quality sapphires over 2cts are scarce.

How do I know what my sapphire is worth?

Color and size or weight are the most important factors in determining the price of a sapphire. Beyond the color, clarity, and cut details need to be assessed. A sapphire stone can always be re-cut, so clarity is probably more important.

How can I tell if my sapphire is real?

To identify if the sapphire is real, stay in total darkness and use a flashlight to test it. If the stone is genuine, light of the same color as the sapphire is reflected. If it is a fake sapphire jewel (usually made of glass) you will be able to see other colors in the crystal.

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How can I tell if my blue sapphire is real?

Look for flaws or inclusions in real sapphires, perform a breath test to judge authenticity, and get a sapphire certified. Look for air bubbles, try the scratch test, and shine a light through the gem to spot a fake sapphire. Always ask jewelers about the sapphires they are selling to find out what type of gem it is.

Why are Ceylon sapphires so expensive?

The ones originated from the Kashmir mines are the rarest and considered most valuable of them all. This is also due to the fact that the mining was active for only about 40 years between the 1880 and 1920. Next runners up and considered to be the best sapphires today are the ones mined in Sri Lanka.

Where are the best sapphires found?

“The three most famous locations for high quality sapphires are Kashmir, Burma, and Ceylon (Sri Lanka),” says Salit. Sapphires are also found in Madagascar, Australia, the United States, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Kenya, Tanzania, and other countries around the world.

What is a Burmese sapphire?

Among sapphires from different localities in the world, Burmese sapphire is renowned for its exceptional and unbeatable royal blue color. For centuries, in addition to the world-best-quality ruby and spinel, blue sapphire and some fancy sapphires have also been mined in Mogok, Myanmar.

What is an heirloom quality sapphire?

Heirloom (AAAA)

This category includes the top 1% of sapphire. They have a truly exceptional and deep hue, are very slightly included and exhibit high brilliance.

Which yellow sapphire is best?

Ceylon sapphires are considered as the world’s best yellow sapphire gemstones for astrology use.

Qualities of Yellow Sapphire Gemstone

  • Solidity & Hardness. …
  • Yellow Sapphire should be heavy in weight so that one can feel when placed on the palm.
  • Uniformity of color.
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What are the different grades of sapphire?

Blue Sapphire Quality Grading

Quality Grade % of All Sapphire
AAAAA (Untreated Heirloom) Extremely Rare
AAAA (Heirloom) Top 1%
AAA (Excellent) Top 10%
AA (Very Good) Top 25%